Performance Practice

Barberini Harp Project / Interviews
Mara Galassi and Dario Pontiggia: About the Barberini Harp

Harpist and researcher Mara Galassi and master luthier Dario Pontiggia are in Pontiggia’s workshop in Milano, with a copy of the Barberini Harp he built for Galassi, discussing some of the finer points in making copies of historical harps. As one of the pioneers in the field of organological research into the historical harp, Galassi commissioned the luthier David Brown to make the first copy ever of the Barberini Harp.

November 7, 2021
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Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Harfenlabor presents an online lecture held on Zoom, on April 17, 2021, on Giovanni Girolamo Kaspberger with two speakers: Anne Marie Dragosits, harpsichord player, with “New information on Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger - with special focus on his material for the basso continuo”; and Michele Pasotti, lutenist, with “Passaggi per suonare sopra la parte. Kapsberger and other 17th century Italian sources for basso continuo on the theorbo.” This lecture on Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger places a special focus on Kapsberger’s vision of a good continuo player accompanying the voice, as demonstrated in his published material for basso continuo.

November 5, 2021
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Elisabetta Frullini

“Venere che sona d’arpa e due amori”: Marco Marazzoli at the Barberini Court

This article focuses on a painting by Giovanni Lanfranco that is today on display at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, depicting a harp very similar to the one usually referred to as the Barberini Harp, today at the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali in Roma. It had long been thought that the Barberini family commissioned the painter Giovanni Lanfranco to produce the painting, until it was discovered that it had, in fact, been bequeathed to Antonio Barberini by the famous harpist, composer and singer Marco Marazzoli. This article intends to, first of all, provide insights into the painting with particular regard to the representation of the harp, and to offer a more precise consideration as to when this painting was created. Later, we intend to analyse the painting inside Marazzoli's home by relating it to other paintings exhibited there.

November 2, 2021
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Barberini Harp Project / Convening
What We Know, and What We still Do Not Understand about the Barberini Harp

Harfenlabor invited the historical harpist and researcher Chiara Granata and renowned luthier Dario Pontiggia to share and present their discoveries, findings and analysis related to new facts about the Barberini Harp that had recently come to light. Granata and Pontiggia collaborated on the analysis of these new documents on the Barberini Harp through the perspective of organology, and published the outcomes of this research in 2015, in the Recercare journal.

October 31, 2021
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Chiara Granata

Scientific Commentary: Sol di corde soavi armo le dita? Only music I carry as my weapon? Different ways to use the same instrument

One of the typical forms of ancient knowledge, still very much in use in the early 1600s in oral or written form, is that of the debate. Rather than advancing a thesis, it presents a dialogue between opposing views. With this in mind, I find it very interesting that the luthier Dario Pontiggia and the harpist and researcher Mara Galassi express two opposite viewpoints regarding the Barberini Harp.

October 31, 2021
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Eric Kleinmann:
Practical Examination of the Barberini Harp

As part of continued research within the Barberini Harp Project, Harfenlabor invited master historical harp maker Eric Kleinmann to reflect on his findings following decades of research into, and practical examinations of the Barberini Harp. Harfenlabor also commissioned Kleinmann to build a small-scale model of the top of the harp for experiments with stringing, and present his conclusions at the Convening around the Barberini Harp, a symposium organised by Harfenlabor that took place on December 14-16, 2016, at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali and at the Istituto Storico Austriaco, Roma.

October 26, 2021
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